This is specialized, professional work in preservation and restoration of historic places and historical architecture. The employee will work independently and with teams to coordinate with the divisions review and compliance programs. The employees participation is reviewed by the supervisor.
The employee will assist the office in fulfilling the mandated state and federal regulations, including the review of projects under the state preservation statute, KSA 75-2724 and the federal law for the protection of historic properties, 36 CFR Part 800 in accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation. The employee will also assist with other program areas, including preparation of National Register Nominations or review of tax credit applications. As an experienced architectural historian/historian, this person is one of the staff experts on architectural history/history.
The employee provides excellent customer service in dealing with property owners, government officials, developers, consultants, preservationists and others. The employee may receive assignments in several forms and will exercise independent judgment to develop his/her own sequences and methods to fulfill the position description in consultation with Division Director and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff supervisor.
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Bachelors degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field and one year full time experience in research, writing, or teaching. Additional experience in the areas listed above may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.
Preferred Selection Criteria and Competencies:
Must meet the Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in the area of History, Architectural History or Preservation Planning.
(a) a graduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study including coursework in American Architectural History or (b) An undergraduate degree in Architectural History, Art History, Historic Preservation or closely related field of study plus a minimum of two (2) years of full-time professional experience applying the theories, methods, and practices of Architectural History that enables professional judgments to be made about the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, or treatment of historic properties in the United States; and products and activities that demonstrate the successful application of acquired proficiencies in the discipline to the practice of historic preservation.
Knowledge of research techniques and sources for architectural history and history; Knowledge of the care, preservation and restoration of historic buildings; knowledge of state and federal historic preservation programs; ability to identify historic architectural styles and materials, historical trends, etc.; ability to prepare concise well-written reports; ability to work and communicate with other agency staff, professional colleagues, and the general public.
Prior experience with conducting historic surveys, writing reports, describing buildings, researching buildings. A Historic Preservation Specialist II should also have two years experience in the historic preservation field, either in a state historic preservation office, local preservation program or related activity. Experience working with state and federal preservation laws and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation is preferred.